Meliorate – to grow, make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve.
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, then doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and dry cleaners depressed?
Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
A good morning is waking up in the country.
763 – The Battle of Bakhamra between Alids and Abbasids near Kufa ended in a decisive Abbasid victory.
1189 – Philip II of France and Richard I of England began to assemble troops to wage the Third Crusade.
1525 – The Swiss Anabaptist Movement was born when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptised each other in the home of Manz’s mother in Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union.
1749 – The Verona Philharmonic Theatre was destroyed by fire.
1789 The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, was printed in Boston, Massachusetts.
1793 – After being found guilty of treason by the French Convention,Louis XVI of France was executed by guillotine.
1824 Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, American, Confederate army general was born (d. 1863).
1859 – Ice came to Nelson for the first time.
1864 – The Tauranga Campaign started during the New Zealand Land Wars.
1887 – Brisbane received a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city.
1889 – ‘Professor’ Thomas Baldwin descended by parachute from a balloon floating high above South Dunedin.
1893 – The Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, was formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate, which is now Botswana.
1899 – Opel manufactured its first automobile.
1905 Christian Dior, French fashion designer, was born (d. 1957).
1908 – New York City passed the Sullivan Ordinance, making it illegal for women to smoke in public, but the measure was vetoed by the mayor.
1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally.
1915 – Kiwanis International was founded in Detroit, Michigan.
1921 The Italian Communist Party was founded at Livorno.
1924 Benny Hill, English actor, comedian, and singer, was born (d. 1992).
1925 Albania declared itself a republic.
1938 Wolfman Jack, American disk jockey and actor, was born (d. 1995).
1940 Jack Nicklaus, American golfer, was born.
1941 Plácido Domingo, Spanish tenor, was born.
1942, Mac Davis, American musician, was born.
1944 New Zealand & Australia signed the Canberra Pact, which was an undertaking by both countries to co-operate on international matters, especially in the Pacific.
1950 Billy Ocean, West Indian musician, was born.
1953 Paul Allen, American entrepreneur, co-founder of Microsoft, was born.
1954 – The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), was launched in Groton, Connecticut by Mamie Eisenhower, the First Lady of the United States.
1958 – The last Fokker C.X in military service, the Finnish Air Force FK-111 target tower, crashed, killing the pilot and winch-operator.
1968 Battle of Khe Sanh – One of the most publicised and controversial battles of the Vietnam War began.
1974 Rove McManus, Australian television host and comedian, was born.
1976 – Commercial service of Concorde began with London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio routes.
1976 Emma Bunton, English singer (Spice Girls), was born.
1977 – President Jimmy Carter pardoned nearly all American Vietnam War draft evaders.
1981 – Tehran released United States hostages after 444 days.
1997 – Newt Gingrich became the first leader of the United States House of Representatives to be internally disciplined for ethical misconduct.
1999 – War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepted a ship with over 4,300 kg (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board.
2002 – The Canadian Dollar set all-time low against the US Dollar (US$0.6179).
2008 – Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 11 September 2001, and Asian stocks dropped as much as 15%.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.